- Born: Jan 1837, Carrigaholt, County Clare, Munster, Ireland
- Marriage: Meehan, Michael on 3 Feb 1861 in Rock Island County, Illinois, USA
- Died: 8 Mar 1922, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
- Buried: 10 Mar 1922, Mt Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, USA
Death Comes To a Well-known Pioneer Of This Community . . .
"Smooth the locks of silver hair,
On our mother's brow with tender care,
Gather the robes in that fold
Around the form so still and cold;
Lay on her bosom, pure as snow,
The fairest, greenest flowers that grow,
Kiss her and leave her our heart's delight;
Her pain is over, she sleeps tonight."
Mrs Hannah Meehan was born in Carrigahalt, County Clare, Ireland, in 1837, came to this country with her parents in early childhood and settled at Davenport, Iowa. Was married in 1861 to Mr Michael Meehan, residing in Rock Island county, Illinois, for twenty years. In March, 1881, they came to Crawford county, Iowa, where she has since resided. She was the mother of eight children, Mrs P J Hanrahan of Hunter, N Dakota, Mr Thomas Meehan of Friend, Neb, Mary, dying in infancy; Anna, died in 1915; and Mrs T A Hickey in 1908; Mrs C C Houlihan of Denison, Iowa; Mrs P J Lally and Mr John Meehan of Manilla.
"Three Ayers children, Bridget, Hannah and Patrick crossed Atlantic Ociean in a sail ship 1850. Storms all thru the crossing - - 7 weeks and 3 days -- ran short of food.
After a long, busy and useful life, she died as she had lived, honored trusted and loved. She reared her own monument while she lived in the hearts of all who knew her. Her life was completed, if work all done and well done constitutes completion. She was a member of the Catholic church and her Christian life was beautiful from its beginning to its close, and through all the vicissitudes and sorrows that she met int he way, when husband two of their loved children preceded her to the grave, her faith in God never wavered. But she has left us and today cold clay covers a grave that hides from our sight all that is mortal of a true and noble woman.
During the past few years she had suffered several serious illnesses and from her loved ones and friends of this fair town that she loved so well day after day went up the silent prayer:
" Not here, Oh Death, not here," But alas, "Death loves a shining mark" and so it came.
On Wednesday morning, March 8, 1922; she went to her eternal reward after a residence here of forty-one years.
Our little city and community and its hospitable people over held a warm corner in her heart. It was here the best days of her life were spent and when her last hour came, and the God of eternity called her to her everlasting rest, It was her desire that beneath the shady trees of our silent city, close to her home and her church on its sloping hillsides, surrounded by the beauty, happiness and contentment of our people, where the flowers to her were sweetest and the birds warble their most melodious songs, should be the eternal abiding place of all that was mortal of her.
Funeral services wee held Friday at 10:00 am at eh Sacred Heart church, Rev Father Parle officiating and was attended by a large number of people throughout the country. The remains were laid to rest in Mr Olivet cemetery, a bower of beautiful flowers, tokens from relatives and friends covered the silent grave of the departed.
The Times joins the many friends of the bereaved in expressing sympathy to them in their great sorrow. Relatives and friends from a distance who came to be present at the obsequies were:
Mr and Mrs P J Hanrahan, Hunter, N Dakota; Mr Thomas Meehan, Friend, Nebr; Sister Mary Vincent, Davenport, Ia; Miss Elizabeth Ayers, Taylor Ridge; Mr Patrick J. Conway, Mrs Thomas Conway and Mr Jas Meehan from Aledo, Ill; Mrs Margaret Anthony, Bigelow, Mo; Mr Richard Ayers, Knowlton, Ia; Mr George Talty and Maurice, Leo and Francis Hickey form Adair, Ia; Mr Thos Talty from Atlantic, Ia; Mr and Mrs M C Talty and Mrs Martha Talty form Neola, Ia; Tom Meehan and family from Vail, Ia; and John Meehan of Denison; Mr and Mrs Ed Champion, Denison; Mr Edward O'Brien, and Miss Katherine O'Brien from Ute, Ia; and Mrs Chas Allen from Omaha, Neb; Mr D P O'Brien of Sioux City, Ia; Mrs John Hefferman and daughter, Hannah, of Dow City, Ia; Mrs Thos Sexton, Danbury, Ia; Mrs John Costello and john Kinney of Vail, besides many other relatives and friends from Denison, Vail and Buck Grove. - Manilla Times
The Denison Review, Wednesday, March 29, 1922, Section 2, page 4, columns 3,4
Residence: Denison, Crawford
Card number 158
Postoffice address - Manilla
Townland County Barony Civil Parish PLU Province
CARRIGAHOLT T Clare Moyarta Moyarta Kilrush Munster
1885 Iowa State Census, Crawford, Iowa twp
page 5, sheet 203, line 19, dwelling no 79, family no 79, T82,R36,Sec 6 SE1/4
Hannah Meehan, age 44, female, white, widow, farmer, born in Ireland, parents foreign born
Maggie, age 22, female, white, single, born in Illinois
Thomas, age 20, male, white, single, born in Illinois
Anne, age 17, female, white, single, born in Illinois
Bridget, age 14, female, white, single, born in Illinois
Agnes, age 12, female, white, single, born in Illinois
Ellen, age 10, female, white, single, born in Illinois
John, age 8, male, white, single, born in Illinois
Hannah married Michael Meehan, son of Thomas Meehan and Bridget Burke, on 3 Feb 1861 in Rock Island County, Illinois, USA. (Michael Meehan was born in 1832 in County Clare, Munster, Ireland, died on 14 Aug 1881 in Iowa township, Crawford County, Iowa, USA and was buried on 16 Aug 1881 in Mt Olivet Cemetery, Manilla, Crawford County, Iowa, USA.)
The following is from "The Family Tree on the Ayers Family" by Gladys Ayers
Rough seas threw passengers from cots to floor. Landed at Quebec, Canada thence to Davenport, Iowa.
Their Father's name RICHARD not verified, only that Richard Ayers was name after his Grandfather Ayers."
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